Akasaka: Scene at Inn
Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )
This print is one of the few in the series which cannot be considered a landscape. The composition follows traditional scenes of architectural interiors found in narrative handscrolls of the Kamakura (1192-1333) and Muromachi (1333–1573) periods, in which opened sliding doors afford a broad view of the activities within. This is a typical inn scene: one traveler lounges as the other returns from his bath, while women at right prepare themselves to entertain the guests.
Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.